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Queen Elizabeth Held Meetings at Buckingham Palace despite Coronavirus Outbreak

Olowokandi Fiyin
Mar 20, 2020
06:30 P.M.
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Queen Elizabeth refuses to be bothered by the current battle with coronavirus as she hosted guests at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday despite the call for social distancing amid the pandemic.

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic bringing several activities around the world to a temporary stop, Queen Elizabeth II has shown her grit, according to a People report. 

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

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The site reported that the Monarch had received Captain Angus Essenhigh, the new Commanding Officer of the Royal Navy warship HMS Queen Elizabeth, and his predecessor Commodore Steven Moorhouse to Buckingham Palace on March 18.

As for the royal family's Easter activities, it is yet to be confirmed if they would be attending an Easter Sunday church service in Windsor as they had done in previous times.

Queen Elizabeth II receives Commodore Steven Moorhouse and Captain Angus Essenhigh, during a private audience in the Queens Private Audience Room in Buckingham Palace. | Photo: Getty Images.

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During the meeting, however, the parties reportedly avoided shaking hands, as the men chose to bow to the Queen instead. The trio had even posed for photos as they chatted while sitting in chairs that had enough distance between them, proving that they were taking precautions.

The Queen was also expected to keep to her usual meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the latter part of the day. Queen Elizabeth's meetings came soon after Hello! Magazine disclosed that some changes had been made to the 93-year-old's diary amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Events that have either been canceled or shifted to a later date include the Maundy Service at St George's Chapel and the royal garden parties. In addition to that, the Queen would also be relocating to Windsor Castle for her Easter break one week earlier than initially planned.

The site also noted that while audiences at Buckingham Palace this week would continue per usual, future events will be reviewed continuously.

Queen Elizabeth II receives Commodore Steven Moorhouse and Captain Angus Essenhigh, during a private audience in the Queens Private Audience Room in Buckingham Palace. | Photo: Getty Images.

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Meanwhile, royal fans would have to hold on for announcements as regards events like the Queen's upcoming birthday parade, which is known as Trooping the Colour, the Japanese State Visit, and the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Prince Edward has also been taking precautions as it was divulged by Hello! Magazine that he had participated in a video conference that had something to do with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex smiles at wellwishers after a visit to Tiptree Jam Factory with Sophie, Countess of Wessex on March 10, 2020 in Tiptree, United Kingdom. | Photo: Getty Images

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Edwards' meeting had come shortly after he was supposed to hold a dinner at St James's Palace for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation on Monday, March 16.

As for the royal family's Easter activities, Hello! Magazine noted that it is yet to be confirmed if they would be attending an Easter Sunday church service in Windsor as they had done in previous times amid the pandemic.

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